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26 Jul

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Knitted Horse Performance @ Waterside – As It Happened

July 26, 2016 | By | No Comments

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A couple of pictures of my performance of the Knitted Horse in Motion at Waterside Art Gallery as part of the opening of ROGUE AT WATERSIDE. I have to say, I was really really nervous all day about whether it would work, especially presenting it within the large theatre, but thankfully there were no hiccups. I had seom great comments afterwards about the piece, as well as a couple of safety concious reminders not to leave the iron on. For those people who enjoyed the music, the playlist was:

PIcs by Robert Walker and Simone Ridyard

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07 Apr

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Flatpack Pics – Knitted Horse in Motion

April 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

Some pics from last week’s knitting performance at Flatpack Festival. The premise – I knit Muybridge’s horse in motion from scratch, and animate it infront of an audience whilst listening to a soundtrack of 7 inch ‘horse’ singles. This is only the third time I’ve performed the piece, and im pleased to say it worked this time (thats 2:1 so far). Final animation below. Many thanks to Reuben from Sculpture (who were absolutely amazing performers in their later set) for handling the horse tunes.

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02 Feb

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KNITRONICA at the Whitworth Pubcrawl – 23rd Feb

February 2, 2014 | By | No Comments

An interesting event coming up – a live experiment in a Manchester music venue working with knitting and sound. In truth I’ve not ironed out the finer details of how exactly this will work, but I have faith we should be able to generate some interesting forms, both sonic and textile. I’m delighted as well to be joined by designer Marie Young who is looking at parallels between knitting and the Tenori-on. The event is part of the Whitworth Art Gallery Pub Crawl – a series of arts events in unusual spaces across manchester. The programme launches tonight.

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Sunday 23rd Feb at Big Hands Manchester , 1pm – 7pm

KNITRONICA

A textiles experiment working with live music, sampled sound and knitting machines. A unique ‘band’ comprised of Tenori-on, a macbook, a hacked Brother 950i knitting machine, and possibly a couple of other music making devices, producing cross-over sounds and stitches. Exploring the parallels between punchcards and musical structures, electronic sequencing and the knitted digital image.

 

A collaboration by:

Sam Meech
Marie Young
Iris Cooper

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24 Nov

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Film Material Soup #8 – 30th Nov, 7pm

November 24, 2013 | By | One Comment

Next Saturday I will be doing a ‘knitting performance’ at the FILM MATERIAL SOUP event at Rogue Studios – a chance once again to share my work with knitting machines.

The event showcases work by artists using sound, moving image and lasers. It’s fair to say i’m in some good company (see the list on the flyer below). I’ll be creating the Knitted Horse in Motion from scratch, using the punchcard loop, praying the no yarn snags or dropped stitches befall me. The iconic horse will also be making an appearance as part of David Lynch‘s work with lasers and mobile projection.

Saturday 30th November, 7pm prompt
Rogue Studios project space
67 – 72 Chapeltown St, Manchester
M1 2WH

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03 Nov

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Fearful Symmetry

November 3, 2009 | By |

An interview with Angie Hiesl – co-artistic director of ‘TWINS – How do I know I am me?’ – talks about the process of bringing the production to Liverpool.

I spent a day or so watching the rehearsal process in this fantastic space with these surreal symmetries of people and action. It was really great to meet the team and then finally experience the performance, which had a great freedom for the audince to explore and engage and drop out as they pleased.
‘Twins’ was produced by the Bluecoat, and was performed at A-Foundation, Liverpool in July 2009.

29 Oct

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Unsilent Night – saw player

October 29, 2009 | By |

I’ve never seen a saw player before. It is a beautiful instrument. Many people stopped and watched hypnotised, even the best local buskers.

16 Oct

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Revolution of Form

October 16, 2009 | By |

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This Sunday I will be providing some cunningly simple AV support to the Revolution of Form event at The Bluecoat. It features several poets exploring new methods of performance poetry, alongside other artists, musicians and illustrators. It has been organised by Nathan Jones, resident poet and Mercy man, who will also be performing two pieces with the support of illustrators Chris Rodenhurst and Neil Keating. Here are some pictures of our rehearsal last week. I’ll try get some better videos of the actaul show that show the buffering capture via isadora.

02 Oct

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John Smith – 'Not Over Yet' – (4 of 4)

October 2, 2009 | By | One Comment

John Smith – ‘Not Over Yet’ (4 of 4) from Sam Meech on Vimeo.

The final track from our ‘Map or Direction’ session – an powerful acoustic cover of dance tune ‘Not Over Yet’.

25 Sep

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John Smith – 'Watch Her Die' (3 of 4)

September 25, 2009 | By |

John Smith – ‘Watch Her Die’ (3 of 4) from Sam Meech on Vimeo.

“Feels as though cold is getting right into my bones”

And infectious and intense song by John. Can’t wait to see it with the whole band.